Interview with Alex Maher

Describe your desk
Describe my desk! ... really? ... Crikey, I would have to find it first. It is the epitome of mess ... Buried underneath the mess you would find some papers, then under that somewhere you'll find a desk.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote a little story with my Daughter after listening to 'StoryNory' and hearing some of their original stories. We sat down and started making up a little tale. Then I wrote it down so that we wouldn't forget it. From there I went on to start writing down some more "grown-up" tales. The first being "The Invisible People". I hope that readers enjoy it. I've had fun telling a tale suited for the more mature audience ;-)
What are you working on next?
I have three more projects 'on the go' at the moment. Another children's story called 'Tim, the toothpaste troll' and as a step into the grown up work of fiction, I'm working of a couple of Horror titles. 'Soulweaver' and 'The Invisible People'.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, George RR Martin immediately spring to mind. As well as Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams of course ...

I do enjoy finding good indy authors too ...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock most mornings... followed by the wife ... and when that doesn't work the dog jumping on me ...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The Wizard, The Princess, The Dragon and The Burp Beer
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first 'real' novel I read was 'Lord of the spiders' by Michael Moorcock. I was about 10 I think. I can remember my dad gave it to me and I couldn't put it down. I was so excited by the story and the adventure. I think after that cam The Hobbit ... then Hitch Hikers Guide ...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my iPad ...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I did the first half of my growin' up in England, then moved to Australia at 16. I wouldn't have it any other way. I think growing up in the English countryside filled my head with many imaginative adventures. I lived as Robin Hood for most of my childhood, Complete with homemade bow. When not getting into trouble with the rest of the merry men (from school) I would spend days exploring the English countryside with just me, the bow and our dog "Blitz" having lots of adventures.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the time it's through looking for something in particular, then getting distracted and pulling 'that' down instead.
What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Although a definitive answer would of course require further measurements, published species-wide averages of wing length and body mass, initial Strouhal estimates based on those averages and cross-species comparisons, the Lund wind tunnel study of birds flying at a range of speeds, and revised Strouhal numbers based on that study all lead me to estimate that the average cruising airspeed velocity of an unladen European Swallow is roughly 11 meters per second, or 24 miles an hour.
Published 2014-11-09.
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Books by This Author

3AM Nightmares
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,350. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A collection of three short stories from the nightmares inside Alex Maher's head
Still Life
Price: Free! Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(5.00)
The end of the world as we know it, as seen through the eyes of an eleven year old little Australian girl hiding inside a pet shop.
The Wizard, The Princess, The Dragon and The Burp Beer
Price: Free! Words: 1,620. Language: Australian English. Published: July 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
(4.00)
A simple story straight from the imagination of a five year old little girl. It's a story about a wizard. A rubbish wizard and his failed attempt to save the kingdom from a Dragon. But with some help from his friends, and lots of burping, he may just be able to do it! I Hope you enjoy this story as much as Abigail and I enjoyed making it up.